EDITORIAL | Plenty to watch for in upcoming year

The new year has begun and there are several interesting people, groups and issues to watch within city government, school district, business and civic groups.

Here are a few things to watch in 2014:

• Jan Angel, state senator: She moved from the House to the Senate. The energetic Angel should keep state senators on their toes as she hits the floor running again in Olympia.

• Michelle Reid, SKSD superintendent: In her first six months at the helm of the South Kitsap School District, the first-year superintendent avoided a teachers’ strike and school started on time. But this summer, the budget will come back around and the district could face similar problems as it did last year.

• Bek Ashby, city councilmember: Ashby has big shoes to fill in replacing longtime councilwoman Carolyn Powers. As the newest member of the council, it should be interesting to watch as she adapts to the council during her first year in office.

• Rebecca Diehl, SKSD board member: Diehl has plenty to learn, but the mother of four boys should bring some new perspective and energy to the school board.

• Christine Daniel, Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce executive director: After more than six months in her first job as executive director of a Chamber of Commerce and new changes, Daniel should be set to lead the group in 2014.

• Eric Gonnason: The Arizona transplant ran for city council and lost in November. What office will the newcomer seek next? Will having 90 percent of downtown store fronts filled be his campaign platform, again?

• Port Orchard Bay Street Association: The group’s membership is growing and their visibility is consistent in downtown. What does President Don Ryan and the POBSA have in store for 2014?

• New indoor market: Work continues and the downtown facility is scheduled to open in April. Will it be the economic catalyst for reviving downtown? All we can do is wait and see.

• Code City: After city voters rejected changing the city’s status from a second-class city to a code city, will the mayor or council bring back the issue in 2014? Port Orchard is the largest city among nine in the state that operate as a second-class city.

• Recreational marijuana: In November, the council passed an interim ordinance that keeps recreational marijuana sales out of downtown for six months. What are the next steps the council will take after the six-month moratorium is completed?

Should be an interesting year in South Kitsap.


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